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November 8, 2017

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Thank you, mayors and councilmembers, for serving your city or town
Election Day has come and gone. Regardless of the results, on behalf of the AWC Board of Directors, we extend our sincerest thanks to all of you who threw your hat in the ring to make your city or town a better place to live, learn, work, and play. We thank you for your time and talent, and your commitment and dedication to your city or town. More

Election results are in! Tell newly-elected officials to attend Elected Officials Essentials Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
December 2 | 12 locations
With Election Day behind us, now is the time to invite your newly-elected (and experienced) mayors and councilmembers to attend Elected Officials Essentials. This AWC workshop covers the most critical legal and functional responsibilities of local elected office including basic legal obligations and liabilities, and statutory roles and responsibilities. Plus, this training meets the specific requirements for elected officials under the Open Government Training Act. Register now!

Resources for newly-elected officials

Whether newly-elected officials come to city hall after years of service to the city or were elected with no prior background in city government, there’s still a lot to learn. That’s where AWC comes in! We have a wide variety of materials designed to help! Brush up on the information and share this link with new elected officials. More

AWC’s Open Data Portal
AWC will soon release our 2017 City Election dashboard to look at the data behind who won, voter demographics, and voter participation rates. In the coming weeks we'll also analyze ballot measure results to learn more about the issues that are important to voters. Bookmark the AWC Open Data Portal now for upcoming analyses of local elections. More

New NLC research on the sharing economy
NLC released a new report, "Cities and the Innovation Economy: Perceptions of Local Leaders," which found that many cities across the country are embracing sharing economy companies and technologies like drones and smart city applications. 78 percent of cities support growing the sharing economy, 42 percent of cities are using or considering using drones, and 66 percent of cities have invested in some type of smart city technology. More


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Legislative priorities outcomes sheetLasting Impressions episode 005

In the latest Lasting Impressions podcast, Mayor Suzette Cooke shares her experiences as Mayor of Kent, one of the most diverse cities in the state. Lasting Impressions highlights contributions city leaders make to their community and captures valuable perspective and knowledge for future generations. More

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Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training
November 21 | Chehalis
A U.S. Department of Transportation regulation mandates that all supervisors of CDL employees, transit or gas utility workers or any employee who might consult on a reasonable suspicion determination must receive one hour of training in drug awareness and one hour of training in alcohol abuse. More

AWC trainings & events

D&A Supervisor Training

November 21


Elected Officials Essentials Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

December 2

12 streaming locations

City Action Days Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

January 24-25


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Strong Cities, Great State logoTen steps to take for a successful legislative session
The 2018 legislative session is only months away. Take advantage of the interim and engage your legislators on important city issues now. Here’s a tip to get you started:

#4 Work with your local media to tell your story before, during, and after session. Develop a relationship with your local media. This is a great opportunity to educate community members about what your city needs. This helps spur action and it holds legislators accountable.

  • Choose an issue where the benefit to people in your community is very clear.
  • Be honest and clear about which legislators are helping and who you still need help from.
  • Draft an opinion editorial and submit it to your local paper.
  • Join forces with your neighboring communities if you share similar challenges. There is power in numbers.

Want more ideas? See this handy top ten list. Better yet, print it and refer to it often. Can you complete all ten actions? Doing so could win you a 2018 AWC Advocacy All-Star award!

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